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White Campion

Silene latifolia

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
5 white notched petals, up to 3cm. Calyx is greener, narrower and twice as long as with Red Campion.
Fruit:
Light yellow or brown ovoid capsules, bearing numerous seeds.
Leaves:
Opposite, hairy, untoothed, lanceolate, dark green leaves. Basal leaves are stalked and the upper leaves are unstalked.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Foraging Notes:
Normally described as not edible but some say you can eat it.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Carries a weak fragrant at night.
Other Names:
Bladder Campion, Bull Rattle, Cockle, Cow Rattle, Cuckoo Flower, Evening Lychnis, Flower of the Dead, Grave Flower, Thunder-flower, White Bachelor's Button, White Cockle, White Robin, Wide-leaved Bladder Catchfly.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, roadsides, walls, wasteland.